South Main Market: Downtown Memphis Food Hall
Update: South Main Market is constantly changing, and most of these vendors are gone now and have changed several times. Check out their Instagram for the latest.
Ed. Note: Stacey’s been exploring downtown’s new South Main Market for a few weeks now, and here she reports back on the seven vendors inside. For now, check out each place’s Facebook page and the Market’s Instagram for hours.
Hungry? Thirsty? Even if you’re not, the South Main Market is worth a visit just to see how lovely it is. The inside features a bar, a coffee shop, a bagel stand, a full service restaurant, and a plant nursery. There’re several different seating areas, from a cozy living-room-type corner with couches to communal tables to a more secluded third floor dining area.
I especially love the space at night when I can have a cocktail and relax. It’s a great place to take a date, the family, or friends. You can spend the whole evening, or pop in before or after dinner or an event. The space is welcoming and the perfect place to gather.
General Market hours are Tuesday – Thursday 8 am – 10 pm, Friday & Saturday, 8 am – 11 pm, and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. Individual vendors have their own hours, which may vary.
Let’s talk about the vendors! We have:
Right inside the door is Civil Pour. It opens at 3:00pm daily and it very popular in the evenings. The bar features two local beers on tap, four wines on tap, and several cocktails. The bartender is super friendly and knowledgeable. We had a whole discussion about bourbons while he steadily mixed drinks.
I tried the Wintersprung cocktail, which features rye, pink peppercorn and cynar. I have no idea what cynar is, but the drink was delicious and went down waaay too easy and led me to explore some straight bourbon options, of which there were many.
The rest of the first level is seating—mostly lounge-y. First up on the second level is Java Cabana West. The menu is the same as the Cooper Young flagship, but the vibe is totally different. They serve fair-trade coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, homemade cocoa, specialty drinks, as well as hot teas. Vegan drinks also are available.
Java Cabana downtown’s sweets include vegan cookies, brownies, & ooey gooey butter bars. As of now, they close at 6pm, unless it’s trolley night. On Sundays they close at 5pm. I tried a Mystery Train with my lunch. It’s hazelnut, vanilla, espresso, steamed milk and whipped cream, though I said no to the whipped cream. It was lovely.
Across from Java Cabana is Wallflower Memphis, which is on a bit of a hiatus, but still lovely to look at thanks to the eye-catching custom arrangements on display.
Then there’s City East Bagel & Grille which you may know from East Memphis. Fresh bagels are delivered daily and can be served with a number of flavored cream cheeses or as the base of a sandwich. They also have traditional Jewish deli offerings.
Ed. Note: Kinfolk and Magnolia in the South Main Market have closed.
About The Author
Stacey Greenberg is a freelance writer who lives in Cooper Young with her two teenaged sons. She’s a contributor to Thrillist.com, Edible Memphis, I Love Memphis, and Memphis Travel. She’s also the author of the award winning blog, Dining with Monkeys (diningwithmonkeys.com). A lifelong Memphian, she loves the fact that she’s never met a stranger here.